Applications for the workshop can be picked up at Hogue’s Jewelry.
Garza is no stranger to Beeville. He was the drama instructor at Coastal Bend College for more than five years. In the past he has presented a one-man show for children in Beeville. While teaching at CBC, he directed a number of productions, including several for young audiences, and was the drama instructor during CBC’s Summer Kid’s College Program. As an actor, he has toured with several professional theatre companies, including Austin’s Zachary Scott Theatre Center. He is also a successful playwright and has received recognition for his work. One of his plays has been produced during the state theater convention. Alex is currently teaching drama at Dilley High School in Dilley and also teaching part-time this summer at San Antonio College.
The children’s theater workshop will be designed to build self-confidence on the stage. The children will learn some of the basics of the theater such as positions of the stage, body positions, projection of the voice, pronunciation and body language. The children also will be instructed on simple makeup and costume design. The workshop also will emphasize the importance of teamwork and working as a group. The children will rehearse a play during the week and will present it on Saturday, July 24, at 10 a.m.
On Thursday evening, July 22, at 7 p.m., Garza will perform a one-man adaption of his play called “It All Began With a Little Blue Spot On His Forehead,” a show for family audiences.
The story is about a 9-year-old boy named Trevor whose world is turned upside down when his skin starts turning blue. His family, his friends, his doctors try to help, but nobody can find a solution for his problems. Trevor becomes worried and is afraid nobody will accept him because he is different. The play uses humor and touching moments to present a story that appeals to audiences of all ages and that has a special message.
Garza wrote the play in 2001 and the show was performed by the CBC Drama Department. The play also has been performed in Austin as well as at various schools in Texas. The script was a 2005 Playfest Winner for the Texas Educational Theatre Association. Garza will perform the various characters in the show using various puppets.
Garza has been teaching and directing theater for 15 years. He has written several plays and performed various one-man plays across South and Central Texas. He also has worked with several children’s theater companies in the Austin area. He has received recognition for his acting and playwriting. Garza’s favorite original works include “Abuelita’s Christmas Carol” and “Coconut.”
This week of the Rialto Theater Children’s Workshop has been partially funded by the Joe Barnhart Foundation.